January 2021Monthly Update


HT-RADAR Research Database 

The HT-RADAR website now has a database of human trafficking related research and reports from 2015-2020 live on the website. This database currently houses over 50 different articles and reports and is updated weekly with new research from across the nation. Please submit recommended publications to be added to the database to: ht-radar@pointloma.edu

  • The database can be found here 


Center for Justice and Reconciliation Annual Report 

The team at the Center for Justice & Reconciliation (CJR) met the challenges of this year with creativity, pivoting our programs to online formats, rethinking how we engage with our students and with those we serve, dreaming up new ways to connect with each other and impact our community for good. Connecting passion for justice to tangible ways to live that out. Connecting researchers, faith communities, and students to each other. And connecting the dots along the pathway to a successful future for survivors of human trafficking. Creativity. Resiliency. Collaboration. This was our focus for 2020. We share this update with our partners, donors and community knowing that together we can go farther and have deeper impact. There is still much to be done, and together, we charge forward, full steam ahead.

  • Full report can be found here 



Quarterly Meeting

HT-RADAR Quarterly Meeting: Exploring Human Trafficking Research Gaps in San Diego

The next HT-RADAR meeting is scheduled for March 23, 2021  from 11:30am to 1:30pm (PST) and will be held virtually over Zoom. Meeting details to follow. 

Please make sure to register in advance for this meeting!

Registration Link: 


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Community Highlights

Human Trafficking Awareness Month

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month and National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness is January 11 as designated by the United States Senate in 2007. Though our work doesn’t stop throughout the year, January is a key time for us to spread awareness in our workplaces, our churches, our schools, and our communities.


Academy Health’s 2021 Annual Research Meeting – Call for Abstracts

Academy Health’s 2021 Annual Research Meeting – Call for Abstracts

AcademyHealth works to advance the health field by acting as an objective broker of information, bringing together stakeholders to address the current and future needs of an evolving health system, informing health policy and practice, and translating evidence into action. Academy Health’s 2021 Annual Research Meeting is accepting abstracts for researchers looking to present their work at the annual forum for health services researchers, policy analysts, clinicians and community leaders using evidence and data to improve health and health care for all. The 2021 Annual Research Meeting is organized around 21 themes and five submission types. All individual abstracts and research panel submissions undergo blinded peer review. Submissions for policy roundtables and critical and emerging issues in health services research are not blinded.

  • Submission Deadline: Thursday, January 14, 2021

  • Additional details can be found here


Request for Information for the 2021 Trafficking in Persons Report


The Department of State requests written information to assist in reporting on the degree to which the United States and foreign governments meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking in persons that are prescribed by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, as amended (“TVPA”). This information will assist in the preparation of the Trafficking in Persons Report that the Department submits annually to the U.S. Congress on governments’ concrete actions to meet the minimum standards. 

Submissions must be made in writing to the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the Department of State by February 1, 2021. Please refer to the Addresses, Scope of Interest, and Information Sought sections of this Notice for additional instructions on submission requirements.

  • Request for Information details can be found here
  • Additional details on how to submit information can be found here

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force:  A report to the Minnesota Legislature By Nicole MartinRogers and Virginia Pendleton, Wilder Research

Report Abstract: Indigenous (American Indian, Native American) women, girls, and two spirit people are far more likely to experience violence, be murdered, or go missing than other demographic groups in Minnesota. Although American Indian women and girls make up just 1% of the state’s population, from 2010 through 2018, 8% of all murdered women and girls in Minnesota were American Indian. From 27 to 54 American Indian women and girls in Minnesota were missing in any given month from 2012 to 2020. The report refers to this issue as “the MMIW injustice.” This issue has recently begun to be recognized by the general public and policymakers, although Indigenous communities have been traumatized by this set of injustices for centuries. The root causes of the MMIW injustice include colonization and historical trauma, racism, and sexual objectification of Indigenous women and girls. These root causes have led to increased systemic risk factors for experiencing violence and abuse among Indigenous women and girls, including poverty and lack of housing, involvement in the child welfare system and criminal justice system, being a victim of domestic violence, and being involved in prostitution and trafficking. Once an Indigenous woman or girl goes missing or dies under suspicious circumstances, the investigation, prosecution, and sentencing processes that are supposed to serve justice often fail to provide equal and fair treatment for these Indigenous victims. Finally, the system does not offer adequate culturally responsive healing resources for Indigenous victims/ survivors, families, and communities.

The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force was created through unanimous bipartisan support from the Minnesota Legislature, and was coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. On behalf of the Task Force, Wilder Research conducted extensive research, including reviewing published articles, summarizing laws and policies, accessing relevant data points from state data systems, interviewing 32 experts, and hearing public feedback during several open public comment sessions. The Task Force heard presentations on key aspects of the systems that are involved in the MMIW injustice. They deliberated extensively in subcommittees focused on systems, data, and community resources. This learning and collective expertise is reflected in this report.

  • Access to the full report can be found here 




Opportunities and Resources


HT-RADAR will now offer information about webinars focused on anti-trafficking work and anti-trafficking research. As many of us are working remotely, here are some resources for additional educational opportunities:


2020 Freedom from Slavery Forum: The Use of Research to Fight Modern Day Slavery 

This webinar highlights the use of research to fight modern day slavery. They address the following question: how can we define and measure the drivers of modern slavery and the impact of interventions in ways that shape policy decisions, generate funding and inform the design of front-line interventions?


Relentless Resilience – A Diplomatic Genocide

Aura Freedom is collaborating with Indigenous artists and community members in Toronto for an online event on violence against Indigenous women, as part of their Relentless Resilience campaign. Through conversations with Indigenous frontline workers and community agencies in Toronto, this event on Dec 3, 2020 will raise awareness of violence against Indigenous women in Canada, its roots in colonialism and patriarchal ideals, and how advancing equity is key to eradicating it.


How to Keep Learning During a Crisis

Collective Impact Forum’s Summary: When we’re working through a crisis, like the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it can feel overwhelming to consider how we can learn from what’s happening around us. In this discussion, we go over the imperative of learning, even during times of great upheaval, and what small ways we can assess how we’re doing and how to move forward. We hear from FSG’s Hallie Preskill and Joelle Cook, who share advice, recommendations, and concrete ideas on how to continue to keep learning about how our collaborative work is going, even during times of prolonged crisis like the pandemic.

Upcoming Conferences 

(Listed here)

This resource is regularly updated.  Questions?  Or know of conferences that you’d like to share with the HT-RADAR network? Contact us! 

During this uncertain time conference dates are changing frequently. Please note these dates may be changed and changes will be updated on the HT-RADAR website.


2021 CSEC Virtual Conference

Virtual Conference: January 11-14, 2021

2021 Greater Cincinnati Anti-Human Trafficking (VIRTUAL) Conference

Virtual Conference: January 29, 2021

35th National Institute on White Collar Crime

Virtual Conference: March 3-5, 2021

Ensure Justice

Virtual Conference: March 5-6, 2021

Funding Opportunities 

(Listed here)

This resource page is regularly updated.


Research and Evaluation of Services for Victims of Crime, Fiscal Year 2021

In collaboration with the Office of Victims of Crime, NIJ is seeking applications in three main areas under this solicitation: 1) research and evaluation of State crime victim compensation programs; 2) research on the impact of COVID-19 on the delivery of services to victims of crime; and 3) evaluation of programs that provide services for victims of crime. Applicants should submit proposals that address one of the three topics.

Close Date: February 16, 2021

Research and Evaluation of Trafficking in Persons, Fiscal Year 2021 

With this solicitation, NIJ continues to build upon its research and evaluation efforts to better understand, prevent, and respond to trafficking in persons in the United States. Applicants should propose research projects that — first and foremost — have clear implications for criminal justice policy and practice in the United States. With this solicitation, NIJ seeks proposals for research projects addressing the following priority areas:

  1. Demand reduction research.
  2. Human trafficking research, evaluation and development.
  3. Sex trafficking of American Indian and Alaska Native girls and women research.

NIJ will not consider proposals for research outside of these priority areas.

Close Date: February 22, 2021

Research and Evaluation on Promising Reentry Initiatives, Fiscal Year 2021

The primary goal of this solicitation is to support the rigorous examination of innovative reentry initiatives, particularly reentry services, programs, or plans that begin in institutional settings and continue in the community after release. NIJ will give preference in award decisions to proposals for evaluations of an innovative reentry initiative, addressing the areas of interest previously cited, across multiple sites, using randomized controlled trials (RCTs).

Close Date: February 25, 2021

Research on Juvenile Justice Topics, Fiscal Year 2021 

With this solicitation, NIJ, in collaboration with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), seeks proposals for rigorous research projects that inform policy and practice in the field of juvenile justice. Specifically, this solicitation seeks proposals for studies that advance knowledge and understanding in one of the following two priority topic areas: (1) juvenile justice responses to the COVID-19 pandemic or (2) deinstitutionalization of status offenders. Applications proposing research outside of these two research areas will not be considered.

Research and Evaluation on Policing, Fiscal Year 2021 

With this solicitation, NIJ seeks proposals for rigorous research and evaluation projects that address (1) the impact of re-allocation of resources on police operations and functions; (2) police use of force and de-escalation tactics and strategies; and (3) tactics and strategies that strengthen police-community relationships. These contemporary issues in policing are also reflected in the strategic priorities and objectives identified in NIJ’s Policing Strategic Research Plan, 2017-2022. Among other areas of interest, NIJ is interested in studies examining the approaches that address the challenges of policing in rural communities.

Close Date: March 3, 2021

Forecasted Grants:

Victims of Human Trafficking – Services and Outreach (VHT-SO) Program 

Information release date: March 22, 2021

Estimated Application Due Date: May 21, 2021